Festive playhouse for Bluebell Wood

Festive playhouse at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, courtesy of FortemChildren at Bluebell Wood can play house this festive season, thanks to the building skills and generosity of Rotherham repair and maintenance specialists Fortem.

Employees at the Bradmarsh Business Park-based company have built a bespoke Christmas cottage for the playroom at South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice, complete with miniature door and windows and a secret door on one side.

Last Christmas, Fortem employee Matt Cooke and his two daughters built a snowman, with chocolates inside donated by Fortem employees for the hospice’s children.

This year Matt decided to go one better and build the festive showpiece with the help of some of his colleagues. Fortem employees have also donated selection boxes and craft kits together with a wooden Christmas tree for families at the North Anston hospice to enjoy.

Julie Poad, Service Controller, Fortem, said: “Bluebell Wood is an inspirational place to be involved with.  Every time I visit, I am overwhelmed at the fantastic job they do helping families facing the toughest of times.  They support the whole family including siblings and provide invaluable support after a child has passed away.  They also do tremendous respite work both at the hospice and out in the community. Bluebell Wood only receive a small amount of government funding so we are glad we can support them in every way we can.”

Sandra Hind, Corporate Volunteer Coordinator, Bluebell Wood, said: “Fortem is already a fantastic supporter of Bluebell Wood but the team has really gone to town this year to make Christmas extra-special for our families. We are delighted with the cottage and are sure it will be a hit with our children.

“Special thanks must go to Matt Cooke, Alan Stretton, Clarke Burgin, Gary Benton, Julie Poad, Marie Woodhouse, Chris Hetherington, Lee Richardson and Travis Perkins for donating materials and to R&C Glass for donating the perspex windows for the cottage. We are hugely grateful to everyone that has given their time and skills to make this happen.”

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